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Leelanau Township Community Foundation Announces Spring 2024 Grant Recipients

By Craig Manning | March 29, 2024

The Leelanau Township Community Foundation (LTCF) announced a quartet of spring 2024 grants on Thursday, totaling $25,854 in gifts to local organizations. The grants are detailed below:

>$11,909 to New Community Vision (NCV), the nonprofit working to buy and preserve the Timber Shores land near Northport. That money will “assist in the enlistment of professional services for the creation of an initial concept plan and coordination of community outreach for an attainable housing development in Leelanau Township.” While the primary goal of NCV is to purchase and preserve 200-plus acres that had previously been proposed as the site for a new RV resort, organizational leaders have also expressed interest in using some of the land to help address Leelanau County’s housing shortage.

>$10,000 to the Leelanau Conservancy, to “help replace the stairway at the Lighthouse West Natural Area with a new stone stairway that will allow safer access to the natural area for years to come.”

>$3,000 to the Northport Area Heritage Association, to “help fund the purchase of two fire-proof filing cabinets to house archival materials.”

>$945 to Northport Public School, to fund “an overnight field trip for middle school students to metro Detroit to visit the Holocaust Center, the Detroit Science Center, and the Detroit Institute of Art.”

LTCF also announced this week that it has “recently completed a three-year re-accreditation process for Community Foundations National Standards.” That accreditation requires participating community foundations to meet “comprehensive standards around structure and governance, grantmaking, resource development, community engagement, and accountability.” According to a press release, the LTCF “has participated and been in compliance with the program since 2007.”

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